Five Snow Day Essentials

From a hot chocolate making kit to proper snow gear, check out our snow day survival guide

It’s been quite a snow-filled winter. New York just experienced one of the biggest winter storms in its history, and there’s only more snow to come. This week, a frigid, snowy forecast is in store from California to the East Coast. 

We’ve already dropped a guide of activities you can do inside with the kids, and a round-up of the best board games out there right now. Now, we’ve put together a list of essentials, from coats to warm drinks, for the snow days to come…

#1 Invest in warm winter gear

Uniqlo ultra-light down hooded coat. $70.

First things first: If you don’t have a winter coat, and you live in a frosty area, then invest in one ASAP! Try out this thick, water-repellent parka that comes in a variety of chic colors.

Plus, it’s always great to have a light-weight warm coat. Uniqlo has a great light-weight down option. (Pair it with a soft, patterned scarf and these warm boots, and you’ll be shielded from the frost.) These women’s snow pants are waterproof — and their shell is made of breathable, recycled nylon. They’re also fairly adjustable with snap waist closures, velcro waist adjusters and belt loops.

Furthermore, when you’re out in the snow, what you really need is to accessorize, accessorize, accessorize! Dress the kids up in these warm gloves and budget-friendly fleece-lined hats.  And grab a box of these hand warmers to have on hand at all times.

#2 Try out some winter sports

L.L.Bean kids’ pull sled. $149.

Get active this winter with one of these outdoor activities. Start out easy, and try out a pair of snowshoes or these adult ice skates (along with cute pairs for the kiddos, girls and boys). 

Enjoy sledding? These colorful “slider sleds” come in a pack of two. If you want sturdier equipment, this toboggan and this kid’s pull sled are great, traditional options.

More of a skier? These snow goggles, this ski bag, snowboard and these skis are must-haves. And if you’re introducing your children to snow sports, here’s a nice kid-friendly snowboard.

#3 Stock up on cozy kitchen essentials

Hot chocolate sticks. $20.

What’s a snow day without hot chocolate? We love this hot chocolate on a stick! Stir it into a hot liquid of your choice, for a decadent take on the sweet classic. If you prefer tea, this hot cinnamon spice flavor is ideal for frigid days. 

At mealtime, there’s nothing like sipping on a hot, comforting soup during the winter months. Check out this huge recipe book, Soup of the Day: 365 Recipes for Every Day of the Year. Pick the day and you’ll find a fantastic seasonal recipe to indulge in!

#4 Bring on the heat

Manor electric fireplace. $127.

We already have a list of the recommended space heaters, but there are a few additional ways to bring some warmth into your home. Electric fireplaces deserve all the hype. This one has vintage old school charm, while this white, wall-mounted fireplace can offer more of a modern touch to your space. 

We also love this large, black unit, which doubles as a fireplace and a bookshelf. There’s truly nothing like curling up next to the fire with a great book! 

#5 Bundle up… inside

L.L.Bean women’s plush robe. $99.

Keep adding to your stack of cozy lounge clothes. First, check out our round-up of the six pairs of best pajamas for winter and the eight best pairs of slippers for working from home. Second, everyone needs a great, plush robe for the winter. Third, you can never have enough sweatpants right now.

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